Posted by: Manhattan LASIK Center

Technology has become an integral part of daily life. Most people use a computer every day for work or entertainment. The thought of being away from the screen for an entire day is unthinkable for most people! 

Unfortunately, prolonged computer use can result in digital eyestrain. If you want to get laser vision correction surgery, you need to consider some time away from your screen. Here are reasons why: 

First 24 Hours After LASIK

One of the most important things you need to do after undergoing LASIK is to rest your eyes. The eyes are more sensitive in the first 24 hours after LASIK. It is vital to be careful during this time. Avoid looking at screens during this initial period and focus on completely resting your eyes for one day.

Avoid browsing the internet, using your phone, and anything else that requires the use of a digital screen. The simple act of checking your social media can be harmful to your eyes. The break from your digital devices will do your eyes much good. This will help enhance the healing process and reduce the risk of post-surgical complications. 

Staying away from your computer screen for the 24 hours following your procedure will help prevent eye dryness and ensure that you do not tire the eyes during the healing process, which will speed up the recovery process. One of the best ways to ensure that your eyes heal well after LASIK is getting enough sleep. Rest your eyes by getting a good night’s rest each time. 

 Next Few Days After LASIK

After the initial 24 hours following the LASIK eye surgery, you can start using your digital devices, gradually ramping up your screen time over the next couple of days. It’s safe to look at digital screens after the initial 24 hours period following LASIK, however, these are general guidelines. It is important to remember that everyone is different, and everyone’s eyes heal at a different rate. During your follow-up examinations, our LASIK surgeons will provide you with a more concrete timeline based on your unique recovery process.

Using Liquid/Artificial Tears 

Your eyes will continue to heal the next few weeks following your LASIK eye surgery. One of the common but temporary side effects during these few weeks following LASIK is dry eyes. This is regardless of whether you use a screen or not. Make sure you use artificial tears when necessary. 

Carry the liquid tears with you wherever you go to soothe your eyes and alleviate discomfort. The drops will help ensure that your eyes always have the proper lubrication. Make sure that you use eye drops prescribed by your eye doctor in Paramus, NJ. 

Remember to Blink!

One of the negative consequences of using digital screens is you tend to blink less often. This is one reason digital eye strain is very common. Blinking helps keep the eyes well lubricated. Make a conscious effort and remind yourself to blink often when using your computer at work or home. You can train your mind to blink every time you come to the end of a sentence.

Use the 20/20/20 Rule

Another tip that helps prevent digital eyestrain is taking frequent breaks. One way to do this is by adhering to the 20/20/29 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break away from the computer screen and focus on an object at least 20 feet away.

To find out more about using screens after LASIK, call Manhattan LASIK in Paramus, New Jersey at (201) 843-3861 to schedule a free virtual appointment.